I live in Lincoln Nebraska which is about 50 some miles from Omaha or more depending where I want to go in Omaha and where I am in Lincoln. I can drive from my home in South Lincoln to the Omaha airport which is about a 60 mile drive in about one hour. If there is no construction zones along the way and traffic is flowing smoothly, the drive is quick and easy. It helps to have an Interstate to drive on, a van with music to listen to on the way, and air-conditioning for warm or hot days. Many years ago I had the task of going to Kansas City and driving a Mercedes Benz back for a friend. I even got paid for it. The ride was so smooth that when I looked at the speedometer and saw I was going 90 miles an hour I was surprised. Of course I slowed down.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem, but Mary and Joseph traveled there from Nazareth, so they would have had about a 70 mile trip. There was no Interstate for them to use. No cars with music playing. One would think that the Mother of Jesus would be able to travel in style like celebrities who travel in luxury limousines. That was not the case for Mary. She was 9 months pregnant and her due date was coming. In her condition she had to ride on a donkey or horse or perhaps in the back or a crude wagon or cart. The trip would not have taken 1 hour in an air-conditioned vehicle. It was a 3 or 4 day journey or more. A rough journey on a donkey or in a simple cart. It was another hardship for Mary in her experience as the Mother of Jesus. Mary said yes to the plan of God even though it meant discomfort and hardship for her.
It makes me think about my own life and if I am willing to sacrifice my own comfort and time for God. It may be as simple as getting up a little earlier to pray. It might be to go on a mission trip which means a few weeks of sacrifice on my part. Perhaps it is to show Christ’s love to those who others overlook. It might be to give of my time or money and sacrifice in other areas of my life to be able to do so.
When Mary agreed with God’s plan to be the Mother of Jesus, she signed on for a life of sacrifice and at times hardship. She stayed faithful over those years even to the point of being one of the few people to stand at the cross of Jesus. This makes me wonder if I am fully committed to following God even if it means facing the worst scenarios in life, but again I come back to the little things. Am I willing to wake up a bit earlier to pray? Am I willing to sacrifice a fast food lunch and brown bag my lunch, so I can give to a ministry that shows the love of Jesus? The reason I write about the little things is because of something Jesus said. He taught about how those who are faithful with a few things will be given more; more opportunities to serve, more blessings from God, and more understanding about God.